Calleen Cordero, the founder, designer, and owner of the luxury brand that bears her name, is living her dream.
In the late 90s the designer-turned-entrepreneur set out to build an accessories company that would bring the Old World art of handmade, artisan quality footwear, handbags, and accessories back to the United States. Calleen made a promise to use only sustainable products that were made in America and that everything she designed would be fabricated in her own backyard of Los Angeles, California. With these ideals firmly in place, Calleen Cordero has built a luxury accessories brand that is not replicated anywhere in the world.
One-of-a-kind craftsmanship is the hallmark of a Calleen Cordero design. Calleen has single-handedly revived the lost art of hand-sculpting accessories. Using local, sustainable woods for her luxury footwear, Calleen oversees the hand-fabrication, ensuring that each shoe passes through 36 pairs of artisan hands before completion. Each handbag takes 22 different steps to assemble, from hand-cutting the leather to hand-kicking each stud into place. Her leather bracelets and belts, with their unique brass and nickel stud artwork, take hours to complete. This artwork is a labor intensive process, as each stud is hand-kicked into the leather, one-by-one.
Calleen Cordero has earned the reputation of one of today’s most inspiring American designers. She ensures that her accessories age beautifully -- the more you wear it, the more you love it. And, we couldn't agree more!
As Always, Shine Bright!